ROV from QYSEA takes part in seizure of US$36m worth of cocaine in Gibraltar

Two days later, they deployed the QYSEA ROV to thoroughly scrutinize the part of the ship submerged below the sea level.

QYSEA (鳍源科技), a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) manufacturer, announced yesterday that its underwater drone had participated in an anti-narcotics mission by the British Customs that seized more than 500kg of cocaine worth £30 million (US$36.32 million).

In a WeChat post by the Shenzhen-based startup, QYSEA said its FIFISH V6S 2.0 AI, one of its underwater drone models, was deployed in waters of Gibraltar recently to check the husk of a bulk ship as part of a transnational crusade against narcotics.

British customs began to work with local divers in Gibraltar, a British overseas territory, to conduct deck inspection of vessels passing through the Strait of Gibraltar in late September.

In one of these checks, customs inspectors detected 456 kg of cocaine cache within a bulk cargo ship.

Two days later, they deployed the QYSEA ROV to thoroughly scrutinize the part of the ship submerged below the sea level.

During the screening, the drone found packages clinging to the hull, and relayed 4K footage to the command center for analysis.

After identifying the packages’ position, customs officials scooped them from the sea. Inside the packages were 50kg of cocaine.

British customs subsequently issued a statement, saying the drug stash amounted to a total of 508 kg.

FIFISH V6S 2.0 is an industry-grade underwater drone equipped with six intelligent propellers developed by QYSEA.

It also comes with a mechanical arm to grip objects and a high-capacity fast-charge battery pack. It features long endurance under the sea surface.

With a compact size, it is easy to carry around for applications in a number of underwater scenarios, such as shipping industry, emergency rescue, aquaculture, and scientific survey, says QYSEA.

Avatar photo
Ni Tao

Ni Tao is the founder and editor-in-chief of cnrobopedia. Prior to cnrobopedia, he had a full decade of experience with a major state-run English-language newspaper as a tech reporter and opinion writer. He is also a communications specialist, having provided consultancy services to established firms like Siemens, Philips, ABinBev, Diageo, Group (Nasdaq: TCOM, HK: 9961), Jianpu Technology (NYSE: JT) and a handful of domestic startups. A graduate of Fudan University, he writes widely about China's business and tech scenes and other topics for global publications including South China Morning Post, SupChina, The Diplomat, CGTN, Banking Technology, among others, and tries to impart his experience to students at Fudan University Journalism School, where he is a part-time lecturer. When he's not writing about robotics, you can expect him to be on his beloved Yanagisawa saxophones, trying to play some jazz riffs, often in vain and occasionally against the protests of an angry neighbor. Get in touch with him by dropping a line at

Articles: 675